IMPACT 20/20 promotes $70 million for better broadband in MN

Crookston Times reports on IMPACT 20/20’s recent visit to the Capitol and

IMPACT 20/20 is an influential group of Northwest Minnesota leaders representing diverse interests and working together for the region’s economic success. Established in 2008, IMPACT 20/20 members have worked collaboratively to improve economic conditions in the region by focusing on four key areas: education, workforce, broadband, and housing. The goal of the visit was to highlight issues in these key areas, and offer legislative solutions to help grow the economy of Northwest Minnesota.

On Thursday, February 21, IMPACT 20/20 not only raised awareness for these issues, but offered specific solutions for these lawmakers to consider. The following legislative actions were proposed:

Broadband made their short list of priorities…

‒ Support for the base budget of $70 million in the biennium for the Border-to-Border Broadband Fund that would extend and improve broadband networks in the hardest-to-reach places in Minnesota. Additionally, IMPACT 20/20 supports continued efforts through the Office of Broadband Development and the Governor’s Broadband Taskforce.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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